Author: Student Blogger, Connor Couture
Golf, the sport known to many as the one played by the elite, the rich, and the retired. The sport that is often referred to as the “non-sport.” However, is that really true? Is golf really just played by old rich men? As a player of golf, I would have to say no! Contrary to popular belief, it is indeed a sport, and it is one that requires a lot of practice and skill. It is a sport that is not just accessible to the elite, however, golf as a whole is on a decline in America, and fewer young people are learning to play golf. Many speculate why this has been the case for younger generations.
One potential cause of its decline is its sheer lack of popularity by today’s youth. Honestly, I believe this is largely due to the media and pop culture’s depiction of golf as a sport played only by old retired men. Many young people just don’t realize the skill required in golf. Furthermore, they don’t recognize the level of competition in golf tournaments; many people think of it as a lame sport that old people play when they don’t have anything better to do. I believe that another issue is that golf is the real essence of golf as a sport isn’t able to be captured truly on TV. From an outsider’s point of view, when watching golf on TV, one really doesn’t experience what it is all about. This is in stark contrast to the popular sports such as basketball, and football, where one experiences the heat of the competition while watching it on TV.
Golf isn’t offered as a sport in most schools until high school. This is a big part of the picture, if students aren’t exposed to golf, chances are they won’t ever like it. Parents are a lot less likely to introduce a sport like golf to their children because it just isn’t as easily taught as other sports like basketball, football, and baseball. Furthermore, parents lead busier and busier lives, and just don’t have the time to teach their children how to play golf. However, I believe this can be changed. By exposing golf to more children at a younger age, they are more likely to keep practicing. In some places around the United States, a program called the First Tee program, which is designed to introduce youth to golf, has started to gain popularity. The organization partners with golf courses and schools to offer low-cost golf programs to children and teens. While this is a great start, it is still far from being a widespread program accessible by all.
When I first got interested in golf, my mom had trouble finding places for me to learn and play on a regular basis. Learning opportunities were few and far between where I grew up and I did not have the opportunity to participate in the First Tee program. I have always been interested in computers, and video games. My first experience with golf was a golf game that I played on my computer with my dad When I was 7, my parents took me a golf introduction class at a local golf course. Unfortunately, it was poorly run, and not well organized; I stopped playing golf due to lack of interest. When I turned 12, I decided to give golf a go once again; luckily I was able to practice at our local golf course because it taught youth lessons. With this, I was able to embrace golf and it has become one of my favorite sports.
Golf requires persistence, practice, and patience, and contrary to popular belief, it is not a simple, nor an easy sport. In fact, it is probably one of the hardest sports, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. The sense of accomplishment one gets from obtaining par or better on a hole after months of hard practice is quite rewarding. Golf takes skill, and patience.
About our Student Blogger
Hello, my name is Connor. I’m 16 and a junior in high school. I live in the sunny state of California, and, more specifically, I reside in the SF Bay Area. I have loved music ever since I was little, and I play both the piano and the violin. I’ve been a huge fan of tech and science. I also enjoy sports and play basketball and, golf. As for writing, I have always been interested in blogging and also write poetry. In my free time, I like visiting new places and doing some photography.